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Framework for developing standards and specifications

  • 1.  Framework for developing standards and specifications

    Posted 19 November 2019 22:13
    Hello everyone

    Does anyone have a framework for developing standards and specifications (and other related documentation) that they'd be happy to share?

    TasWater is planning to set up a framework for our standards, specifications and other related documentation. The main purpose is to be able to delineate how owns and is responsible for the maintenance of what sorts of documents e.g. Strategy would look after the main standards, design – specifications, and operations would look after standard operating practices etc.

    I'm interested in seeing how other organisations tackle this and would appreciate seeing any documentation you are able to share.



    Adela Parnell
    Senior Engineer Strategic Asset Management

  • 2.  RE: Framework for developing standards and specifications

    Posted 27 January 2020 16:56
    Hi Adella,

    I would suggest the best framework is to have a Principal Engineer in Civil, Mechanical & Electrical areas be custodians of the relevant Technical Specifications beyond WSAA Standards.  If you have a Planning or Asset Manager they should be custodian of the Asset Management Plans and Maintenance Strategies.  Most of the asset management and maintenance  this is standard ISO55001 framework.

    If you would like some samples of Tech Specs and strategies most of the larger Water Companies have them published on their websites.  Many aspects of Tech Specs make good sense and are valuable in holding contractors to account.

    All the best with your journey, feel free to drop me a line if you need any help.

    Ian Lee
    Associate Engineer - Maintenance & Reliability
    D: 02 96002 6415
    M: 0457 657 057


  • 3.  RE: Framework for developing standards and specifications

    Posted 04 February 2020 16:40
    ​Hi Adela,
    I recommend the ISO High Level Structure as a guideline for defining standards and guidelines.
    This contains the framework which ISO applies to all its standards, thereby enabling a "plug in" approach as well as conformity in the variety of standards they develop. In the past they've encountered some inconsistencies between various standards, which is solved to a major extent by this HLS structure. I've used it recently myself to develop a best practise for Risk Based Corrosion Under Insulation management for which it helps to pinpoint the main features that any management approach should have...risk based, plan-do-check-adapt etc.

    I hope this helps. Best regards,

    Met vriendelijke groet / With kind regards / Mit freundlichem Gruß / مع أطيب التحيات / Saludos cordiales

    Geert Henk Wijnants
    Principal Consultant

    Stork Asset Management Technology
    Van Deventerlaan 121, 3528 AG Utrecht
    P.O. Box 2776, 3500 GT, Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    Mobile: +31 (0)6 13357246
    Website: www.stork.comNetherlands